Healthcare Articles

Telehealth: The advantages and disadvantages

Normally, doctors and other health care providers for their patients in person at a facility such as a medical office, clinic, or hospital. But thanks to computers, smartphones, and other new digital technologies, medical professionals can now diagnose, treat, and oversee their patients' care virtually. Telehealth is defined as the delivery of health care services at a distance through the use of technology. It can include everything from conducting medical visits over the computer, to monitoring patients' vital signs remotely. Its definition is broader than that of telemedicine, which only includes the remote delivery of health care. Telehealth also includes the training and continuing education of medical professionals. More »

Giving telemedicine a try

Telemedicine has become an important means of seeing a doctor. A number of steps will help individuals prepare for a virtual visit, such as making a list of questions to ask the doctor; having a family member present to take notes or listen to instructions; and making sure that the home computer, laptop, or smartphone that will be used in the visit is charged and the microphone and camera are working. During a virtual visit, a patient should speak loud enough to be understood by the doctor, and describe symptoms or concerns with as much detail as possible. (Locked) More »

Medical news: Act now, or hold back?

It can be difficult for the consumer to know whether research findings are preliminary or should cause one to change one’s life. Asking the right questions about the results can help consumers tell the difference. Some tips to spot noteworthy studies include looking at how big the study was, how much the results improved measures of health, and whether a well-respected professional organization issued recommendations in response to the study. (Locked) More »

Should you try home hospital care?

Home hospital care is not for everyone. However, it may make sense for people who have an illness that needs constant monitoring and treatment but doesn’t require advanced procedures or intensive nursing care. More »

Bargain or beware? Tips to buy gently used medical equipment

There are several points to consider when getting used home medical equipment, such as whether an item has been sanitized, whether it’s adjustable, whether a seat cushion will provide the proper support, and whether any accompanying motors or batteries are working properly. It’s important to do a thorough assessment of the item or hire a technician who can do it. If equipment doesn’t seem to fit the user or if it has missing parts, one should keep looking for other options. (Locked) More »

Caregiver nation: New tools to manage a family members health as well as your own

There are all kinds of free educational opportunities designed to help family caregivers jump into their roles and better manage their own health. Family caregiver education is available in classes or workshops you attend in person. The Internet offers how-to articles, videos, podcasts, books, and guides for caregivers. Topics range from the basics of caregiving to the more nuanced challenges, such as communicating with a person with dementia. Many classes focus on how to cope as a caregiver and maintain one’s health and wellness. (Locked) More »

Dealing with high-density breasts

High breast density is a risk factor for breast cancer that is typically detected on a mammogram. The FDA is proposing that mammography facilities tell women if they have high density, but there are no definitive rules in place that tell doctors how to best manage these women to reduce risk. Some strategies you can use if you have high breast density are to have a conversation with your doctor about breast cancer risk and reducing alcohol use. (Locked) More »